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CHEHALIS TRIBAL Local hero is honored
American Legion pays tribute to fallen NEW MEETING SITE
The Confederated U.S. Army Cpl. Christopher J. Nelson
Tribes of the Chehalis The Cpl. Christopher J.
Reservation, ‘People Contributed by Leo R. Gruba, Just four short years prior, Nelson Memorial Post
of the Sands’ 4th District Commander, Christopher graduated from 49 American Legion
American Legion Rochester High School and Family now meets at
The articles and opinions Department of Washington worked at the local Chevron. the Historic Gate School
expressed are not necessarily He was a young man from a House, 16925 Moon Road
those of this publication A gold star emblazoned small town who joined the SW, Rochester. Social
or the Chehalis Tribal Business on a white background Army to serve his nation and hour is at 6 p.m., meeting
Committee. framed in red is a symbol of explore the world. is at 7 the first Wednesday
a family’s ultimate sacrifice. of each month.
SUBMISSIONS The gold star banner Christopher was not Thanks to the Chehalis
signifies the loss of a loved unlike his fellow 4,491 fallen Tribe and Lucky Eagle
The Chehalis Tribal Newsletter one during service to our service men and women Casino for their support
encourages tribal members nation, a public expression from varied backgrounds and for providing food
to submit letters, articles, of a private tragedy. and circumstances who at the Gold Star Banner
photographs and drawings to were killed in Iraq. He gave Ceremony for U.S. Army
be considered for publication A Gold Star Banner his life serving alongside an Cpl. Christopher J. Nelson.
(subject to editing). Ceremony organized by the extended family of brothers Contact: Robert “Bob”
Contributing writers, artists Rochester American Legion and sisters in arms. Clark at 360-584-5773.
and photographers include Post 49 offered friends and
Chehalis tribal family an opportunity to Not forgotten knowing their sacrifices will
community reflect and celebrate the life not be forgotten.
members of a local hero, U.S. Army Ten years ago, Angela
and staff. Cpl. Christopher J. Nelson Marquez Nelson, learned Following the ceremony,
Submission on Jan. 22. her husband had given the the Rochester American
deadline is ultimate sacrifice to his Legion Post 49 was renamed
the first of As family members filled nation. In January, she was the Cpl. Christopher J.
each month up the center aisle of Swede surrounded by her family Nelson Memorial Post 49
(printed monthly). Hall in Rochester, they were listening to remarks by American Legion Family in
surrounded by dignitaries dignitaries. She took in his memory.
TRIBAL CENTER from Joint Base Lewis– words of love and kindness
McChord, civic and tribal from strangers who offered As the American Legion
Main line: 360-273-5911 leaders from surrounding support and a commitment Dough Boy memorial Post
Address: 420 Howanut Road communities and counties to honor his memory. 138 color guard uncased
Oakville, WA 98568 and national and local and presented new post
Office: 360-709-1726 representatives of the It was hard not to feel the colors honoring Cpl. Nelson,
Fax: 360-273-5914 American Legion, Gold Star pull of emotions still raw the room erupted. The close
Wives Association, Veterans after so many years. to 300 attendees broke into
CHEHALIS TRIBE’S of Foreign Wars and other applause and cheers. It was
VISION STATEMENT service organizations. The Nelson family was a testament to the feelings
called before their friends of everyone in the room and
To be a thriving, self-sufficient, Ultimate sacrifice and community to receive a in our great organization as
sovereign people, honoring our gold star banner honoring we seek to honor men and
past and serving current and On Nov. 18, 2007, the Christopher. As Angela women like Cpl. Nelson.
future generations. Nelson family received stood, her grace and poise
news that their husband, reflected a generation
BUSINESS COMMITTEE son, brother and friend had of young widows and
been killed in action in Iraq. widowers who find solace
Don Secena, Chairman
Jessie Goddard, Vice Chairman U.S. Army Cpl. Christopher J.
Shoni Pannkuk, Treasurer Nelson was remembered for
David Burnett, Secretary
Leroy Boyd Sr., his bravery at a Gold Star
Fifth Council Member Banner Ceremony on Jan. 22.


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